Public health alert issued over ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli

Public health alert issued over ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli

USDA Food Safety Alert

USDA Food Safety Alert: Ground Beef Products Contaminated with E. coli

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert for ground beef products produced in March and shipped nationwide that may be contaminated with E. coli.

Affected products:

  • Produced: March 28, 2024
  • Packaging date: "032824"
  • Use/Freeze by date: April 22, 2024
  • Establishment number: "EST. 960A"

Anyone who has previously purchased these products should not consume or serve them, and they should be thrown away or returned to their place of purchase.

What is E. coli?

Escherichia coli, abbreviated as E. coli, are bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals. While most strains are harmless, some can cause illnesses such as severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

Common symptoms:

  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever (often less than 101°F)

Most people infected with E. coli start feeling sick three to four days after exposure, with symptoms typically lasting five to seven days. Infections can range from mild to severe, with some being life-threatening.

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